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Clinical Trials Partnership Will Impact Lives In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: EDCTP2: What it means for European support for global health R&D In a guest post, Renate Baehr — executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung — “writes about the next rendition of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and how its expansion will…

U.N. Agencies Warn About Disease, Landslides Following Flooding In Balkans

U.N. News Centre: Landslides, disease pose threats in wake of epic flooding in Balkans — U.N. “United Nations humanitarian agencies today raised concerns about landslides and possible water-borne diseases from the worst flooding in Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in more than a century, which may have disturbed minefields from…

E.U. Pledges Nearly $240M To GAVI; GSK Offers Vaccine Price Freeze For Some Nations

News outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s replenishment conference and commitments from the private sector. Devex: Why the E.U. ‘likes’ GAVI “On Tuesday, the European Commission announced it will contribute €175 million (almost $240 million) to fund the GAVI Alliance’s global immunization efforts over the next six years…” (Donelli, 5/22).…

Calls Continue For Russia To Better Address HIV Prevention, Treatment

Inter Press Service: Russia: Critics Continue To Attack ‘Hypocrisy’ Over HIV/AIDS “International bodies and local campaign groups have repeatedly criticized Russia for not doing anywhere near enough in terms of providing prevention services or access to medical treatment for HIV/AIDS sufferers. The fourth Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) HIV/AIDS…

Health Officials Warn Of Disease Threats As Flood Waters Recede In Balkans

New York Times: Worries Turn to Disease as Waters Recede in Balkans “…Contaminated water has covered homes, towns and fields, turning much of Serbia’s most fertile agricultural region into a poisonous stew of toxic chemicals, rotting carcasses, and disease-carrying insects. So far, there have been no epidemic outbreaks, the health…

Disaster Relief Begins After Balkans Flooding

Media outlets report on the response to recent flooding in the Balkans. Associated Press: Recovery from Balkans floods will take billions “Floodwaters receded Wednesday in Bosnia and Serbia, just enough to reveal the next shock: recovery from the historic flood will cost billions of euros that neither of the countries…

GAVI Issues Appeal For $7.5B In Funding

News outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s appeal for increased funding for its vaccine and immunization programs. Reuters: Vaccines group seeks $7.5 bln to protect 300 million children “The GAVI global vaccines alliance issued a plea on Tuesday for $7.5 billion to help immunize another 300 million children against life-threatening…

European Parliament Needs Strong Development Committee To Deliver E.U. Policies

EurActiv: Sound development policies need a strong parliamentary committee Matt Foster, director of strategy and program effectiveness for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) “…It is absolutely essential that the upcoming European Parliament elections on the 22-25th of May deliver a group of strong [members of the European Parliament (MEPs)] who, through…

E.U. Nations Should ‘Contribute Their Fair Share’ To GAVI Alliance

EurActiv: E.U. must put its aid money where its mouth is on GAVI replenishment Renate Baehr, executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) “…On May 20th, the European Commission will host the GAVI Alliance to discuss its future funding needs as the organization looks to expand its support for investment…

WHO Expresses Concern Over MERS, Does Not Declare Global Health Emergency

News outlets report on the findings of a WHO panel that concluded the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) does not yet constitute a global health emergency, as well as other developments in the outbreak. Associated Press: WHO: MERS virus isn’t an emergency — yet “The spread of a puzzling respiratory…